All the President’s Men – Writing Assignment DUE: MONDAY, JANUARY 5 AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS
(including turnitin.com submission) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did more that just report the facts, as the old standard of journalism would have them do. They researched, investigated, and uncovered facts… facts that were hidden by the government, including the top dog, President Nixon. The breaking of the so-called Watergate Scandal began a new era in journalism in this country. Readers (the public) could now trust journalists to serve as a ‘watchdog’ to keep a close eye on the leaders, politicians, and powerbrokers to whom the general public has little or no access. This ‘new era’ meant that journalism could now truly serve the public, one of the primary goals and responsibilities of the profession.
For your written response to the film All the President’s Men, choose one of the following options:
Think about the role of journalism in our society today. Is it used to inform the public? Entertain the public? Scare the public? Does journalism truly serve the public, or is it just another industry trying to make a profit? What’s the general relationship between journalists and government officials? Between journalists and celebrities? Between journalists and the common citizen?